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I'm helping a friend get a new computer, and he insists that it be portable, so here I am.

What is your maximum budget?: $1000 or less

What country are you in?: USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?: Gaming, developing (Java coding), Photoshop, video editing, graphic design, the ability to record a game in 60fps.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?: N/A.

What screen size do you require?: 15.6" screen or larger.

What screen resolution do you require?: 1080p is preferable.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?: He says he'll buy one refurbished, but not used. Otherwise, he doesn't care if it isn't new.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet): 4 to 6 hours.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?: Fallout 4, Skyrim, Borderlands 2, GTA V. Highish settings.

What operating system do you need? (if any): Preferably Windows 10, but Win 7 is okay.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.): Just one that works and doesn't look terrible.

How much hard drive space do you need?: 500 GB to 1TB if possible.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.): Standard DVD player. At least 3 USB ports, including USB 3.0 if possible.

Is there anything else we need to know?: 7200 RPM at least if it's an HDD being used.
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I ended up doing a look of looking into gaming laptops within my price range ($1100 or less) and I ended up purchasing a Lenovo Y700. 15.6" screen, 256GB SSD, GTX 960M, Core i7, etc, $850. I was finding that most gaming laptops between $800 and $1100 all have the same processor and 960M GPU.
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Thanks a lot! Are people selling their used laptops like that on notebook review all the time? I might check it out for myself some day.

I'm still open to suggestions if anyone has any. smile.gif
    
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Do you have a microcenter around you? They currently have a sale going 15in i7+960M asus for $750 and a 15in I5 + 970m 15 in MSI for $999. There is also the Asus G751 on sale too for $999. It's an i7+970M. That's the one I ended up buying when I went there yesterday but it's very large. Had to order a new quite expensive backpack to fit it since it didn't fit in my current one.
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Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post

Do you have a microcenter around you? They currently have a sale going 15in i7+960M asus for $750 and a 15in I5 + 970m 15 in MSI for $999. There is also the Asus G751 on sale too for $999. It's an i7+970M. That's the one I ended up buying when I went there yesterday but it's very large. Had to order a new quite expensive backpack to fit it since it didn't fit in my current one.

There actually is one nearby. redface.gif It's strange that I've never heard of it before, lol. The laptop that you bought; what do you use it for? Would it suffice for everything I mentioned above?
    
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Originally Posted by Avalar View Post

There actually is one nearby. redface.gif It's strange that I've never heard of it before, lol. The laptop that you bought; what do you use it for? Would it suffice for everything I mentioned above?


I bought mine for gaming. It should handle everything you have listed without issue. You aren't going to find a laptop with better specs than that one for any less than $1500
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Well, danyune from Notebook Review already sold his laptop, and I'm not so sure we can get to a microcenter anytime soon. Does anything else fit the description for under $1000?
    
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